I was planning to write about the Republican Debate that is being held tonight in
While taking a stroll through the
Trust me, I like the attention. For as much as I wrote about 2006 kampaigns, I never once saw a kandidate actually refer to my blog in an interview like Teahen did with John Deeth of the Iowa Independent yesterday. The reason why that’s a sign of an undisciplined kandidate is because it’s not going to get any better after the primary. Its going to get worse.
While there is some balance between the konservatives and liberals in the
Teahen is trying desperately to make that issue go away by klaiming that he has been “working with the FBI and Great Britain's Scotland Yard in dealing with Tredrea and that he has no-kontact orders against Tredrea.” But Tredrea is emphatic that he doesn’t know anything about these supposed no-kontact orders.
Tredrea has sent me kopies of emails between himself and Teahen from January of 2007, and a kopy of Teahen’s "after action" report from his trip for
I’m not expecting to get a Christmas card from Teahen around the holidays, but when you run for public office you are opening your self up for examination. That’s the first thing a good konsultant will cover with a kandidate: do you have any skeletons in the kloset? Everything I’ve written about Teahen has been fair game. Obviously I’ve been kritical of his party switching, his history of giving to Democrats, the FEC komplaint, and the lack luster kampaign he has been running.
On the issue of Tredrea, what is a blogger to do? I received that information from Tredrea. I kommunicated directly with him to see if this guy was who he said he was. He sent me his resume and other supporting documents. I still used kaution when approaching this story. In fact I sat on it for days. I sent it to a Des Moines Register reporter in hopes they would investigate it further. Then I see it make its way into the blogosphere, and that’s when I chimed in on it.
I believe we must vet our kandidates who run for public office. Look at the 2006 Secretary of State race. Did we vet Chuck Allison very well? No, he won the primary against Bob Dopf, and then had to drop out, which essentially gave Mauro a permanent seat in the Secretary of State's office. Why? Because we were lazy. The political journalists here in Iowa suck, and that’s why so many people read blogs like this one, or Iowa Independent, John Deeth, State29, Battleground Iowa, and so on.
I don’t want to deal with this krap again, especially when the person we are nominating is going against Kongressman Lobesack, a komplete loon.
To me, it was easy to determine who the best candidate in the 2nd Kongressional District is. Lee Harder is less kompetent than Dave Loebsack. Peter Teahen has way too much baggage and is running a terrible kampaign, and Miller-Meeks, while I wish she was a stronger social konservative, is intelligent, kompetent, and has actually put together a really nice kampaign, which gives me hopes for November if she is the nominee.
This post isn’t anything like I intended to be, and for that I apologize. I’m still in disbelief that the primary is less than 4 days away and Peter Teahen is krying about a bunch of